posted on January 1, 2024
aXcess: Prenatal Group Care for High-Risk Women in Africa
This individual will help provide prenatal care and education to high-risk women in a group setting. Referrals for this group will come from an obstetrician already based in-country, and it is anticipated that this individual will work closely with her. Risk factors making a woman particularly high-risk include single mothers, teen mothers, impoverished mothers, and/or complicated medical or social situations. The applicant will assist with provision of prenatal care, group education, counseling, and some care coordination/follow-up. A key part of the ministry responsibilities will be developing relationships with the women in the groups and their extended families/community.
- Provision of prenatal care (blood pressure, weights, fetal heart rate assessment, etc.)
- Provision of group counseling (leading discussions about nutrition, labor course, postpartum care, breastfeeding, etc.)
- Care coordination with other health-care providers
- Relationship development with women and their families
- Sensitivity to the Holy Spirit and dedicated prayer
- Completion of Alliance Polity course
- Completion of the World Perspectives Mission Course (minimum of certificate level) or equivalent
- A minimum Modern Language Aptitude Test (MLAT) score of 65
- Appropriate certification and training for role (possibilities include RN, CNP, CPM, etc.)
- Additional experience with either prenatal care or delivery of medical care in group settings is a plus, but not required (on-site training can be provided)
Biblical Characteristics Desired:
- Biblically grounded
- Competently skilled
Timeline for Deployment:
Summer/fall 2025. All appointees are required to attend a cross-cultural and language acquisition program and pre-field course/experience prior to deploying.
Currently, there is little to almost no Kingdom presence with the majority population. While it may exist, we do not know of any groups of believers in the majority population. The city is located along the coast in between desert and coastal climates.
Language is an essential part of ministry. Those who do not know the language will attend a language study program. The goal will be to speak, read, and write the language at a functional level in order to mentor, teach, and train others.
Workers will be expected to complete a year of formal French training in a language school. After this is completed, they will complete two years of intensive language and cultural study in the local Arabic dialect.
There are some local health clinics and hospitals within the city; however, the quality of care is not on par with what one would expect in a developed country. For example, most international workers leave the country to deliver their babies safely elsewhere. Some medications are available at local pharmacies.
Expectations for Spouse:
Spousal roles vary based on the spouse’s gifts, training, and abilities as well as the needs of the team. It is expected that both spouses will be meaningfully involved in meeting ministry objectives depending on the nature of family roles, children, etc.
Children’s Educational Plan and Options:
There are good international and French schools available in the city. Families have also enjoyed home schooling and participating in home-school co-ops. The team already includes several children and are more than willing to discuss educational options that would fit the candidate’s needs.
The successful applicant(s) will receive a full compensation package with the expectation that, once appointed, efforts will be made to raise a portion of support costs through the applicant’s network of friends, family, local church, or other resources. Information on support costs will be made available upon application. Training and/or coaching in fundraising is available.
As part of an evangelical denomination, we are committed to biblical holism, which is modeled and reflected through our work. Due to this commitment, part of the required qualifications includes optimal emotional, spiritual, and physical health. These will be assessed during the application process.
Applicant(s) should be aware that serving in the international world often requires a higher degree of grace and flexibility. For example, overseas teams can be suddenly and unexpectedly impacted by illness, government decisions, financial realities, team changes, or other factors beyond the team’s control. The challenge for applicants is that these factors can sometimes necessitate the sudden redefining of a position, which may take place before, during, or after the application/interview process has begun or is completed.
Please email the IPO office at [email protected].